This is called the 'Mondrian Dress' made by Yves Saint Laurent in 1965. It was inspired by Piet Mondrian's paintings, which have always fascinated me. When Sophia asked if I would make her a 60's inspired dress for her Groovy Rock and Roll Read-a-thon, we googled 'iconic 60's fashion'. This dress showed up a bunch of times and we thought it would be fun to try and recreate. I started with this old pattern and really just used it as a guide, not even pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric. The only exception were the sleeves, which I ended up just making them as short as possible.
Then I cut out the blocks from the cheapest polyester fabric I found at Joanne's. The back and front are really opposites, instead of mirror images. Because Sophia is a little shorter than your typical model, I chose not to add the big white section in the middle. I liked the colors better than the white. I decided to go with a simple one button loop closer in the middle of the back (piece on the right) I'll add that picture when I get a minute. Once I had the colors to my liking, I basted them on to the white (the white is one big piece I used as the main piece. I made two of the white shifts so that I could line it as well. I just sewed the neckline and flipped it in and then added the capped sleeves. I really made this all in an afternoon, so I went with the quickest way I knew how.
The black lines are just single fold biased tape. I added the black after I had the front and back assembled, but before I added the lining. To hide all of the ends, I did all of the vertical lines, but one side one first (the side ones would be caught in the sleeve seam and hem). Then I added the 2 horizontal ones and finally did the last vertical seam, making sure to catch all of the ends.
It was a little windy while we were doing the photo shoot (there was actually a tornado warning at the time, but we only got a little wind).
Finally, I made a headband to match. Probably going a little overboard, but it was fun to make and she has already declared she'll wear it with other things.
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